Good question, Qwerty
, publishers responded with a list of their own demands to Apple today:http://paidcontent.c...to-tablet-platforms/
1. Censorship of content is non-negotiable
2. Transparency in the framework
3. Direct relationship with customers
4. Fair business partnership
Steven Musil has more on CNET:http://news.cnet.com...mp;tag=2547-1_3-0-20
]: One day... all the services you want will be cloud subscription services.
This is a valid fear of mine, that we're returning to the days of AOL and a walled internet. I'll say it until my tongue bleeds: I don't want to be beholden to a corporation. "The Corporation" is the great evil of our time, doing anything they want, taking anything they want, shutting off anything they want, and suing whatever and whomever they don't like into oblivion. And as long as it can make money, instead of fighting the sanctioned IP theft of China, they join them. But you rip one song, and you owe them $250,000.
I used to like Microsoft
, but then I saw what they were doing with their formats and it was costing me a lot of time when I could no longer read documents I'd composed 10-12 years ago. I never liked Apple
, but Apple has now told developers which programming languages can and cannot be used to create iPhone apps. Facebook
is another evil entity. It might help with movements like those in the Middle East, but Facebook owns your data and doesn't really give a damn about your privacy. And in case you haven't been to court lately, Facebook is used as much as cellphone data these days (against you). I like Google
right now, but Eric Schmidt was a little Himmler in my opinion. I'm sure the day will come when they'll burn me, too. As mouser has pointed out, if they can't compete with the little guy, they buy him out, or they claim patent/copyright infringement and just sue them to death.